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Today's Death Notices

Ruth Stratton, 81, of Tyner

Lorena (gaughan) Bowers, 87, of Norwich

Last Week's Obituaries

Sarah Louise Tefft Seaman,

Published on: Friday, January 16, 2015


OXFORD – Sarah Louise Tefft Seaman, 83, lifelong resident of Oxford, NY, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on January 15th, 2015. Sarah was predeceased by her parents, James R. and Naomi B. Tefft and her sister Elizabeth “Ann” Tefft. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend.

Sarah married David Seaman in Oxford on February 1, 1958. Surviving are her husband, David M. Seaman, Sr.; her four children; Sally and Howard Nickerson of Binghamton, NY; David (Crockett) and Gelenda Seaman of Oxford, NY , Lori and John Twomey of Canastota, NY, Lana and Michael Clark of Oxford, NY. Also, six grandchildren: Dave (Melissa) and Heather Seaman, Jesse and Ryan Nickerson , Adam and Cody Clark; four great-grandchildren, Aiden, Damien, Charley-Rose,Contessa;her Brother, William R. and Blanche Tefft; several nieces and nephews, dear family friend Linda Tewksbury and special caretakers Debbie Andrews and Terry Sherwood.

Sarah was born in Oxford, NY on October 1, 1931. She graduated from Oxford Academy in 1949 and graduated from Robert Packer Nursing Program in 1953 as a Registered Nurse. Sarah received additional training in Allentown, Pa and Mansfield, MA. She was an Operating Room nurse in Framingham, MA and an O.R. Supervisor at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, NY. Sarah went to work in 1960 at the WRC Home in Oxford, NY as a clinical nurse; working through the ranks to Director of Nursing. In 1994, she retired from the N.Y.S. Veteran’s Home with 34 years of service. After her retirement, Sarah continued to provide care to many individuals requiring in-home care, transportation to medical appointments and general comfort care.

Sarah was a member of the United Church of Oxford, Oxford Historical Society, BPOE Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her flower gardens and bird-watching. Sarah loved to celebrate every holiday with special decorations around her home. Family get-togethers were very important to Sarah. There was always room for anyone who needed a place to feel welcome. She delighted in sending greetingcards to family and friends for every occasion. Sarah was known as the “Nurse of the Greene Street Gang”, caring for everyone’s cuts, scrapes and various boo boo’s.

As per Sarah’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Sarah’s life will be held at a future date. In her memory, donations can be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes Street, Norwich, N.Y. 13815.

Those wishing may express their condolences by visiting the funeral home’s website at The family welcomes you to share your special memories of Sarah and how she touched your life. These will be displayed at her Celebration of Life ceremony.

Allen C. Moore

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


Oxford—Allen C. Moore, 83, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Norwich Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with cancer and alzheimers.

Allen was born in Oxford on Jan. 30, 1931 to Carl and Ethel Moore. In 1952 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in1954. Allen then worked at GLA. From there Allen went on to learn carpentry and masonry from Bernard Tracy. He then started his own business – Moore and Sons.

Allen lived each day to the fullest, as if each day were his last.

Allen is survived by his daughters, Rita Rapp-Jeff Lanfair and Rosetina and Allan Kenyon, and son Randy and Laura Moore. Several grandchildren, Ronnie and Heather Rapp, Renee Rapp, Mickie Davis-Elmer Morriss, Wesley and Gretchen Kenyon, Nicole Gallager-Cody Norris, Danielle Moore-Craig Decker, Aubrey Jones-Randy Kirkland, Monique Moore and Hannah Moore.

He had six great grandchildren, Trenton and Kloden Rapp, Dalton and Aiden Davis, Sebastian and Kaleb Kenyon, Jacob Gallager and Landon Norris. Brothers, Dick and Marilyn Moore, Doug and Julie Moore, and Harry and Marie Moore. Sisters, Hazel Knapp, and Carletta and Stewart Russell. He had several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Ethel Moore, his son, Rex Moore, sisters, Doris Thoms and Mary Faborito, brothers-in-law Mike Thoms, Thomas Faborito, and Jim Knapp.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring for Allen. He donated his body to science in hope of finding a cure for other people. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Wounded Warriors.

Peter Donald Warren

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


NEW BERLIN – Peter Donald Warren, 67 yrs old of New Berlin, NY passed away on January 15, 2015 at his home on Warren Road.

Peter was born on July 6, 1946 at his home in New Berlin, the son of James & Harriett (Hill) Warren. His childhood was spent in the New Berlin area where he attended New Berlin Central School.

On December 9, 1966 he married Linda Fink who survives him.

He was employed as a spray painter for TACO in Sherburne, NY.

Peter is survived by his wife Linda, his children; Loretta & Les Beckwith of Sherburne, Richard & Amanda Warren of South New Berlin, Peter Warren Jr. & Melissa Gunther of Sherburne as well as 8 grandchildren; Kaylee & Michael Beckwith, Richard, Kristen, Riley and Aliyona Warren, Aydin Gunther and Braydon Warren. He is also survived by his sisters; Helen & Ralph Davis of Burlington & Mary & Ronald Fink of New Berlin & one brother; Edward & Peggy Warren of New Berlin.

He was pre-deceased by one son; Billy Joe Warren.

Peter enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to area lawn sales. He also loved his dog Angel.

Services will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 1:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP with Pastor Ernest Clemons officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 PM on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 also at the funeral home.

The interment will be in Scribner Cemetery, New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Helen Hallenbeck

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


GREENE – Helen Hallenbeck,100, of Greene, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Norwich Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was predeceased by her husband, William S. Hallenbeck Jr.; parents, Walter and Edna Robbins and by three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by two sons and dauhters-in-law, Dr. William and Alice Hallenbeck , James and Janet Hallenbeck all of Greene; four grandchildren, Cheryl and William Shay, Dr. Jonathan and Wendy Hallenbeck, Martha Reid, Sage Hallenbeck; eight great grand children; sister -in-law, Mineva (Buddy) Robbins and nieces and nephews. Helen helped her husband run the family business. She was a member of Zion Episcopal Church, Greene. Funeral services were held 2:00pm Saturday at Zion Episcopal Church, Greene. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Zion Episcopal Church, Moore Memorial Library or to the Greene Fire Department. Arrangements were under direction of Root Funeral home, 23 N Chenango Street, Greene, New York 13778 and condolences may be sent to the family at

Anita L. Cluff

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


GREENE – Anita L. Cluff, 82, of Greene, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Wilson Memorial Hospital with her loving family by her side.

Born March 13, 1932, in Long Island, NY, Anita was the daughter of Richard S. and Ruth (Ordway) Leach. On September 1, 1951, in Smithville Flats, NY, she married Russell W. Cluff, who predeceased her. Anita is survived by sons William Cluff, and his wife, Joan, of Oxford, and Stephen Cluff, of Greene, and daughter Barbara Cona and her husband, John, of Nineveh, NY. She is also survived by grandchildren Timothy Cluff, Victoria Chidester, and her husband, Wayne, Matthew Cluff, Jordan Cona, and Sean Cona, and great-granddaughter Kayli Cluff.

In her earlier years, Anita enjoyed oil painting and knitting. After the death of her husband in 1999, she enjoyed camping in the Adirondacks with her son, Stephen, and riding around the countryside enjoying the scenery. Most of all, Anita loved going out for breakfast and being with her grandchildren. She was a sweet a gentle woman who was very dedicated to her famlly.

Funeral services for Anita will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Behe Funeral Home, Oxford, NY, where Rev. Jerry Shriver, pastor, Brisben Baptist Church, will officiate. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Burial will immediately follow the funeral at Warn-Ten Broeck Cemetery.

To leave the family a message of condolence for the family, please visit the funeral home website at:

William A. Parker

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


EARLVILLE – William A. Parker, 83, of E. Main St., passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 at his home. He was born in Earlville on April 12, 1931 a son of Clarence and Mary Kohlman Parker and graduated from Earlville High School. On April 25, 1964 in Earlville he was united in marriage to the former Marcia A. Furner. Bill was employed by Oneida LTD for over 30 years until his retirement. He was a life member of the Earlville Vol. Fire Dept., and served as a board member ; the New York State Fireman’s Association (FASNY); life member of the Chenango County Fire Police Association and the Madison County Fire Police Association. Member of the Tri-County Coin Club and a volunteer at the Earlville food cupboard.

Surviving are his wife Marcia; his children, Scott and Tina Parker of Jacksonville, FL; Susan and Brian Marks of Hamilton; grandchildren, Mitchell, Zackary and Cassondra; and many In-laws nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, January 19, 2015 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville, NY. Interment will be held in the spring in Willcox Cemetery, Earlville, NY (Town of Smyrna). Friends are invited and may call on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Earlville Vol. Fire Dept. or the First Baptist Church, Earlville.

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Robert L. (knappy) Knapp

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


SHERBURNE – Robert L. (Knappy) Knapp, 79, of Sherburne, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in the Bassett Hospital of Cooperstown.

Knappy was born in Norwich on March 17, 1935 the son of Frank and Leona (Marvin) Knapp. He grew up in several areas of Chenango County and attended the Guilford school. A long time employee of the Norwich Shoe Company, he had worked as a machine operator for the company over 30 years.

In his leisure time Knappy enjoyed his camping, which could have been anywhere even beside the road and his hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed a good game of pool and the refreshments that came along with it. Story and joke telling was also one of his favorite pastime.

On October 28, 1960 in Norwich he married Eleanor Mathewson who survives. Besides his wife Eleanor of Sherburne, he survived by his children Laurie Murray and husband Randy of Sherburne, Roberta Kerwin and husband Tom of Sherburne, Frank H. Knapp and wife Missy of Smyrna, Ron Moore, Edwin Knapp and wife Bobbi Jo, Kevin Knapp and Frederick Knapp all of Sherburne, his sisters Frances Ohl of Oxford, Olive (Betty) Tamburro of Sidney and Jean Mayne of No. Norwich. Also surviving are his grandchildren Chet, Stephen, Coral, Bruice, Rob, Joe, Wayne, Derrick, Darren and Katie along with 8 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Knappy was predeceased by his sisters Mina and Dorothy Knapp and his brothers Jim and Clarence (Clem) Knapp.

Graveside services for Knappy will be held from the No. Norwich Cemetery in the spring at a time to be anoounced. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

Gary M. Conkey Jr.

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


COLD SPRING, NY – Gary M. Conkey Jr., 35, of Cold Spring, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at his home in Cold Spring. Born in Norwich on November 26, 1979 he was the son of Rubena Rogers Conkey Iversen and Gary M. Conkey Sr.. He grew up in the Norwich and Oxford area and was a 1998 graduate of the Norwich High School. Deciding to further his education Gary attended Lincoln Tech. in Allentown, PA where he earned his Associates Degree. Following his college education, Gary became employed with IBM in East Fishkill, NY where he worked as an Engineering Tech. for the past 15 years.

Gary was without question a guy with a big heart. He was a friend to all he met and could always be depended on. He had a soft spot in his heart for any animal especially dogs and kittens. When it came to sports the Mets were his favorite.

Gary is survived by his mother and step-father Rubena and David Iversen of New Berlin, his father and step-mother Gary and Arlene Conkey Sr. of Sherburne his maternal grandmother Charlotte Rogers of Stamford, his sisters Wendy Benedict and husband Daniel of Norwich, Michelle Ryan and husband Rocky of Oxford and his brother Andrew Conkey of Norwich. Also surviving are his 2 nephews Dustin Conkey and Daniel Benedict Jr., his niece Emma Ryan along with a great niece and nephew. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Dorothy and Stuart Conkey.

A funeral service for Gary will be held on Wednesday, January 21, at noon from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Tim Button, Pastor of the Smyrna Baptist Church will officiate.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10 am until the time of the service at noon.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, JDRF, Northeasterern NY Chapter, 950 New Loudon Road, Suite 330, Latham, NY 12110, or JDRF, Westchester-Fairfield Chapter, 30 Glenn St., Suite 409, White Plains, NY 10603 or to the Chenango County SPCA, 6160 County Road, 32, Norwich, NY 13815.

Malvin (mal) Eldred

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


GREENE – Malvin (Mal) Eldred of Greene, 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

He was predeceased by parents, Herbert and Carrie Eldred; brother, Robert and grandson, Keith William. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty; children, Mike Eldred, Deb and Mike Podoliak, Wesley and Ginger Eldred, Carol and Keith Smith; grandchildren, Stephanie (Jason), Kaci (Bill), Ashley (Chris), Jon, Mindy (Tony), Erik, Wes Jr, and Billy; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Logan, Carter, Will, and Bella; siblings, Janice (John) Carr, Shirley Detweiler, Arthur (Yvonne) Eldred, Donald (Ruth) Eldred, Barry (Cecilia) Eldred, Linda (Chuck) Safford; father-in-law, Lyle (Barney) Adams; nieces and nephews and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Mal worked for Maxon Feed Store and he operated a dairy farm for 23 years with his wife and children. He retired from Chenango Valley State Park golf course. He was a past member of Dairylea Co-op and Greene Jaycees. He volunteered at Smithville Food Pantry and worked with the Cub and Boyscouts while his kids were growing up. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, taking care of the land and spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His passions in life were family, friend, and taking care of the golf course.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Thursday at Root Funeral Home, 23 North Chenango Street Greene, NY 13778. Friends of the family may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Root Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or to St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Rose M Maiurano

Published on: Monday, January 19, 2015


On Friday January 16, 2015, God decided Rose M Maiurano's work here on earth was done and she passed away peacefully at her home to a place where she could better provide for her family.

Rose was born in Waltham Massachusetts on January 24, 1916 and was baptized in Cambridge Massachusetts, before moving to Norwich, New York where she resided the rest of her long and fulfilling life. In September 1933 she married Joseph E. (Pep) Maiurano and was blessed with 6 children.

Rose was predeceased by her husband Joseph, her son James Maiurano, her mother and father Catherine and Joseph D'Ambra, her brother John D'Ambra, sister Molly Forgoine, son-in-law Kenneth Stewart and her grandson Joseph Maiurano. She is survived by her daughters Rosaria Delmonico, Catherine Stewart, Mary and Richard Fern, and Joanne Tarbell; Her sons, Francis (Pep) and Carol Maiurano, and Joseph P. and Dawn Maiurano. She is also blessed with 19 grandchildren, 30 great grand-children with two on the way, and one great-great-grandchild. Additionally, Rose is survived by her brother, Andrew D’Ambra.

She attempted to join the modern world by taking on jobs such as the Norwich Knitting Mill, Scintilla, and the A&P and Victory Markets grocery stores. However, she was always brought back to family where her favorite job was caring for her many grandchildren throughout the years. Rose will not be mentioned in the history books. They deal in war and conquest, business and money. Rose dealt in love. Caring, cooking and cleaning for her children and grandchildren brought endless joy to her life. She was most worried about their well-being and making sure they wanted for nothing. Her greatest joy in life was having her entire family congregate on Sunday for her famous spaghetti and meatball dinner. She was also known for buying special bread from Sam Toronto's store and would make many kinds of soup for all her family and their Natoli Avenue revolving door of friends and loved ones. If you stopped at her kitchen door by chance, she was known to whip up a feast out of nothing. One thing is for sure, she will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rose will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. Bartholomew’s Church. Rev. Ralph Bove, Pastor, will officiate. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 – 7 pm. The rosary will be recited at 4:30. Burial will take place in the spring in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider donating to Hospice of Chenango County, St. Bartholomew's Capital Campaign Fund, or The Alzheimer's Association.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the Wilson Funeral Home website at:

Gary E. Powell

Published on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015


NORWICH – Gary E. Powell, 74, of Norwich, NY passed away at Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital of Utica on January 13, 2015.

Gary was the son of the late Earl and Mary Walker Powell. Those that knew him knew that although quiet Gary lived an active life of working, teaching his family, and serving his community. He spent many of his working years working at Victory Markets. When not working Gary could be found spending time doing many thing, whether it was going out to watch the local sporting events (especially if he had one of his kids playing), watching his beloved Penn State Football Team, going out fishing or simply just heading out to clean his cars. As said the community was an important part of Gary’s life, which he so proudly showed by dedicating many years of service to the community as a volunteer fireman for the Maydole Hose Company.

Gary is survived by his wife Mary Powell, his children; Michael (Rebecca) Powell, Terri (Chris) Halom, and Brenda (James) Mucha, and his step-children Stacey Shepard and Timothy Danaher all of Norwich. Also surviving are his grand-children; Sarah Powell, Amanda Powell, Carrie Halon, Heather Halom, Tucker Mucha, and Andie Mucha, and one great-grand child Jordan Hammond all of Norwich, as well as his step-grandchildren Christopher Shepard of Coventry, Justin Shepard of Norwich, and Espyn Danaher of Oneonta. Gary’s brother Robert (Lynn) Powell of Frederick Maryland and his sister-in-law Gloria Powell of Mill Hall PA also survive.

Gary is predeceased by his first wife Bonnie Powell, his son Gary Jr. and his brothers Charles and Earl.

Services for Gary will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich, NY.

Mildred M. Verbica

Published on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015


NORWICH – Mildred M. Verbica, 98, a resident of Norwich since 1981, passed away Monday evening, January 19, 2015, in the Chenango Memorial Hospital. Millie was born in Brooklyn on February 18, 1916 the daughter of Henry and Minnie (Beck) Schmitt. She grew up in Brooklyn where she attended the local school. Deciding to further her education, she attended Columbia Nursing School where she earned her nursing degree. Millie served her country in the United States Army where she earned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Following her service to her country she remained in the New York City area where she worked as a key punch operator for Railway Express. She also had worked as a nurse at the VA Hospital in Northport. On September 18, 1949 she married Joseph Verbica who passed away December 13, 1993.

Millie and her husband Joe moved to the Norwich area in 1981 where they became well known for their work with Thouroughbred horses. Following his death she continued her passion for the ponies and could often be found placing her bets. In addition to the horses she enjoyed a good game of poker or playing the pull tabs. She was a member of the American Legion Post 189 of Norwich and also a member of the VFW Post 2782 Auxillary.

Millie is survived by her daughter Nancy Stocky and friend Boyd Niemi of Norwich and grandson Charles Stocky of VA along with several nieces and nephews.

Millie was predeceased by her brothers Henry and Howard Schmitt.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7 p.m. Graveside services will be held in the spring from the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Ann F. Franklin

Published on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015


ZEPHYRHILLS, FL – Ann F. Franklin, 86, of Zephyrhills, FL passed peacefully on Thursday January 8, 2015 at the Gulfside Hospice of Pasco County in Zephyrhills after a long illness.

She was born on September 16th, 1928 in Rome NY to the late Peter and Frances Thomas. She was one of six children, her siblings being, Donald, Kenneth, James, Peter and Alice.

Ann was a longtime resident of the Sherburne and Norwich NY area. She was best known as one of the local “Rough and Tough” bartenders. She also worked at Rea-D-Pack Foods Inc. in North Norwich for several years.

In January 1990 Ann decided to retire to Zephyrhills to be closer to her son Roger where she has spent the last 25 years. For those who have had the pleasure of meeting her know that she was a fun loving, boisterous woman like no other. Laughter was in big supply when she was around. Entertaining the grandkids was always what she loved to do.

She is survived by her son Roger D. Franklin of Zephyrhills, her granddaughter Billie Sue Nolan (Phil) of Deland Fl, 3 great grandchildren, Britany Weaver of Newark NY, Collin and Aubrie Nolan of Deland Fl, and a great-great-grandson Vincente Dercola of Newark NY.

The family will be having a service on Saturday January 24th, 2015 at the First Presbytarian Church at 3 p.m. in Zephyrhills. In the spring Ann will be laid to rest in the West Hill Cemetary in Sherburne NY.

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